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Will you join the fun at REbarcamp?

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 5:15pm
Register today for the Monday afternoon Illinois REbarcamp and you’ll add to the list of 170 REALTORS® who already plan to attend during the IAR Business Meetings at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort. The can’t-miss event – powered by … Continue reading →

New book offers REALTOR® safety tips for discount

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 2:00pm
Place your order today for “The Little Red Book: Safety Rules to Live by for REALTORS®,” and you can save 10 percent on the member price for the National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR) ideal safety resource. Created with input from … Continue reading →

Two Illinois REALTORS® to be honored with SRES Outstanding Service Award

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 10:14am
Two Illinois REALTORS® have been selected as recipients of the 2015 SRES Outstanding Service Award for work on senior housing issues. The Senior Real Estate Specialist designation is held by REALTORS® who have gone through training to meet the housing … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Signs show housing is shifting to a buyer’s market

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 10:04am
This fall is a good time to be a homebuyer. Home prices are affordable and the seasonal shift means homes may take a little longer to sell than in the summer, giving potential buyers more negotiating leverage, according to Jonathan … Continue reading →

NAR honors Goodwin and four other Good Neighbor winners

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 11:24am
Illinois REALTOR® Daniel L. Goodwin, chairman and chief executive officer for the Inland Real Estate Group, Inc., of Oak Brook, was named today as one of five REALTOR® Magazine’s 2015 Good Neighbor Award winners. Goodwin, a member of the NAR … Continue reading →

Watch for Illinois REALTOR® story about Kinney scholarships

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 10:00am
Every year, the number of college students who have benefited from a James M. Kinney Scholarship goes up.  In the October issue of Illinois REALTOR®, find out how many and why the scholarship’s namesake – our 2015 IAR president – … Continue reading →

6 things you need to remember about TRID before Oct. 3

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 8:00am
By Jeffrey T. Baker The new Integrated Disclosure rule, or TRID, as the industry refers to it, will change the process of borrowing to buy a home and thus will directly impact how Illinois brokers get from contract to closing. … Continue reading →

Chicago chapter of NAREB collaborates to serve consumers

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 3:30pm
The Dearborn Realtist Board (DREB), which is a chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, a sister organization has come together with other industry partners to host a consumer event this week. Tracey Taylor, DREB President is excited … Continue reading →

Next 10 general admission registrants for Vertex 15 Conference get extras

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 3:03pm
Register today for the Vertex 15 Conference, a day-long event Oct. 22 at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling, put together by the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®. The next 10 registrations before Oct. 5 will include access to … Continue reading →

You’re Invited – Illinois REbarcamp Powered by YPN!

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 1:43pm
Over 120 members are registered for Illinois REbarcamp 2015! Are you one of them? Register today to learn the latest digital trends, business and marketing tips and what’s happening now and next in the industry. An After Party Networking Reception is to … Continue reading →

REALTORS® get discount on commercial real estate courses

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 11:11am
Interested in commercial real estate? REALTORS® receive a special discounted registration rate on most courses from the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute.   CCIM Institute courses are taught by established practitioners who provide insight into financial analysis, market analysis and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Looking to buy a house? Don’t make these money mistakes

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 9:54am
Buying a new home is a big step. A blog post, “6 Things New Homeowners Waste Money On,” highlights some of the spending mistakes you should avoid once you do find the right home. For example, don’t feel like … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales dip from last month, but remain stronger than a year ago, NAR reports

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 9:49am
U.S. pending home sales slowed slightly in August compared to July, but still remained 6.1 percent higher than a year ago, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) reported this morning. Despite month-to-month fluctuations, the NAR Pending Home Sales Index has … Continue reading →

Vertex 15 will help REALTORS® take their business to the next level

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 2:13pm
For REALTORS® looking to acquire new knowledge and skills – Vertex15 is Oct. 22 in Wheeling! Vertex15 is a one-day, engaging event hosted by the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS® (NSBAR). The event is designed to give top producers and … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. sales of newly built homes climbs in August

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 10:22am
The latest Commerce Department data shows sales of new construction homes jumped 5.7 percent in August, marking the highest levels since 2008, the Wall Street Journal reports. The August growth was higher than many economists were expecting. Read more from … Continue reading →

Give yourself two minutes to take the REALTOR® Safety Quiz

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 8:54am
Brush up on common sense steps you can take to protect yourself, your clients and your clients’ valuables – take the REALTOR® Safety Quiz today! In eight questions, NAR’s online REALTOR® Safety Quiz gives you a quick review of basic … Continue reading →

Chicago REALTORS® step closer to getting parking permits

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 7:15pm
A step toward making it easier for REALTORS® to do business in the city of Chicago gained traction in the Chicago City Council. Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza introduced legislation which would allow REALTORS® to buy a city-wide parking permit. The … Continue reading →

Last chance to vote for Goodwin

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:56am
Friday, Sept. 25 is the last day you can vote for Illinois REALTOR® and NAR RPAC Investors Hall of Fame member Daniel L. Goodwin for the 2015 NAR Web Choice Award. If he gets the most votes, Goodwin’s charity will … Continue reading →

REALTORS® show strength in numbers at Taste of Frankfort

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:31am
Several members of the Three Rivers Association of REALTORS® leadership team attended the Taste of Frankfort event Tuesday night, which featured a sampling of more than 20 Frankfort eateries. Mayor Jim Holland, a long-time supporter of real estate issues, announced … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage rates dip lower this week, Freddie Mac says

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 9:32am
Fixed mortgage rates fell slightly lower this week following the Federal Reserve’s decision not to raise interest rates, Freddie Mac reports today. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.86 percent this week, down 0.7 percent compared to last week. The 15-year, … Continue reading →

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